1989: Overstreet’s Favorite Films

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 1989.

In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.

1989

  1. The Decalogue
  2. Henry V
  3. The Unbelievable Truth
  4. Jesus of Montreal
  5. Do the Right Thing
  6. The ‘Burbs
  7. Crimes and Misdemeanors
  8. The Abyss
  9. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  10. Kiki’s Delivery Service
  11. Cinema Paradiso
  12. sex, lies, and videotape
  13. The Tall Guy
  14. Heathers
  15. Dead Poets Society
  16. Glory
  17. Mystery Train
  18. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
  19. My Left Foot
  20. Monsieur Hire
  21. The Fabulous Baker Boys
  22. When Harry Met Sally
  23. Say Anything
  24. Sea of Love
  25. Roger and Me
  • Parenthood
  • Drugstore Cowboy
  • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • Back to the Future, Part 2
  • Field of Dreams
  • Batman
  • Lethal Weapon 2
As-yet Unseen or Unratable Films of 1989
A City of Sadness
A Dry White Season
A Spy in the House That Ruth Built
A Tale of the Wind
Always (Steven Spielberg)
Bashu, The Little Stranger
Baxter (Jerome Boivin)
Black Rain (Ridley Scott)
Black Rain (Shohei Imamura)
Black Sin
Blaze
Blue Steel (Kathryn Bigelow)
Born on the Fourth of July
Casualties of War (Brian De Palma)
Cat Chaser (Abel Ferrara)
Cézanne: Conversation with Joachim Gasquet
Chameleon Street
Chameleon Street (Wendell B. Harris Jr.)
Chances Are
City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Cousins
Crusoe
Driving Miss Daisy
El aprendiz de pornografo (Jaime Hermosillo)
Elephant (Alan Clarke)
Enemies: A Love Story (Paul Mazursky)
Five Days in June
For All Mankind
Forevermore: Biography of a Leach Lord
Getting it Right (Randal Kleiser)
Ghostbusters II (Ivan Reitman)
He Was Once (Mary Hestand)
Homework (Abbas Kiarostami)
Images of the World and the Inscription of War
Johnny Handsome (Walter Hill)
Last Exit to Brooklyn (Uli Edel)
Le fille de 15 ans (Jacques Doillon)
Leningrad Cowboys Go to America (Aki Kaurismaki)
Licence to Kill
Life and Nothing But
Major League
Marriage of the Blessed
Memories of a Marriage
Miracle Mile (Steve De Jarnatt)
Miss Firecracker
Monsieur Hire (Patrice Leconte)
Mr. Hoover and I
Music Box
My Twentieth Century (Ildiko Enyedi)
Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy
Orapronobis (Lino Brocka)
Parents (Bob Balaban)
Pink Cadillac (Buddy Van Horn)
Queen of Hearts (Jon Amiel)
Roadkill (Bruce McDonald)
Romuald et Juliette
Santa Sangre (Alejandro Jodorowsky)
Scandal
Shirley Valentine
Sidewalk Stories
Skin Deep (Blake Edwards)
Speaking Parts (Atom Egoyan)
Strapless (David Hare)
Street of No Return (Samuel Fuller)
Sweet Home (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Sweetie (Jane Campion)
Tap
Tetsuo (Shinya Tsukamoto)
The Aesthenic Syndrome (Kira Muratova)
The Burbs (Joe Dante)
The Church (Michele Soavi)
The Fabulous Baker Boys (Steve Kloves)
The Iceman Cometh
The Icicle Thief (Maurizio Nichetti)
The Killer
The Kill-Off
The Last Stop (Serik Aprimov)
The Machine That Killed Bad People
The Mighty Quinn
The Owl’s Legecy (Chris Marker)
The Plot Against Harry (Michael Roemer)
The Seventh Continent (Michael Haneke)
The War of the Roses (Danny DeVito)
Too Beautiful for You
True Love
Valmont (Milos Forman)
Vampire’s Kiss (Robert Bierman)
Violent Cop (Takeshi Kitano)
War Requiem
Water and Power
What Happened to Santiago
Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (Bae Yong-kyun)
Yaaba
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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.


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